Our Volunteers

OUR MISSION

Crystal Kasper OD

Optometrist

Dr. Crystal Kasper completed her graduate studies in Optometry at Nova Southeastern University. Since 2009, Dr. Kasper has practiced in multi-doctor facilities caring for ocular diseases, as well as all aspects of vision care. She is a partner in Lakewood, CO, where her focus is neuro rehabilitation.
Dr. Kasper’s passion to care for people and their health has led her on three medical missions. She has volunteered for Feed the Children’s Medical Mission Team, Global Brigades’ outreach for eye care in Honduras, and most recently, Crystal traveled to PPES, where she provided eye care to the students and their families. India was a life changing experience for Dr. Kasper. Seeing the opportunity and hope for a rewarding future that Pardada Pardadi provides to young girls and women in the community greatly impacted her. She looks forward to watching the students succeed in their life and to providing ongoing eye care to the people of this special place.

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Sarah Cornely R.N.

Nurse

Sarah Cornley received her Bachelors in Nursing from Villanova University in 2006, and began working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She began her career in the PICU, where she worked for 6 years. She then transitioned to her current role as a nurse in sedation/radiology.

Sarah’s first experience with international medicine was during her senior year of college when she traveled to Nicaragua as part of her clinical experience. She found it to be very rewarding and looked forward to a similar experience in the future.

Sarah has travelled to volunteer at PPES in 2014 and 15. She was impacted by the opportunity to visit the local government hospital and see how the conditions greatly differ from what she is accustomed to in the US. She felt privileged to take part in the groundbreaking for the new health center, and was thrilled to return after it opened. Sarah worked at health camps in villages in 2016 and worked hard to organize the pharmacy in the center. Her times at PPES were eye opening, giving her a new perspective as to how people live in other parts of the world, as well as what kind of healthcare they may or may not have access to. She was also very touched to see how the students and villagers responded to our presence and how grateful they were for even the littlest things.

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Danielle Smith

MPH candidate

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Dani Smith, from Orlando, FL, has recently completed her Masters of Public Health at Emory University. Her research was on gender-based violence, and the health impact of gender-based violence in India. Among the many experiences at PPES, Dani taught classes about sexual violence. Students produced posters that provided resources for women who are victims of sexual violence. She taught about laws in India to protect them if raped, and encouraged them to become advocates for others in their villages. The students changed the way she viewed the privilege of education. She was amazed how hard the girls worked to learn English, for it is the only way out of the village and into the worlds they’ve been studying. Conversations surrounding arranged marriage, gender role perceptions, and their place in society truly astounded her. She shared about American wedding proposals, and was asked, “mam, so the girl can say no if she wants?” She was deeply impacted by the engraved perception of marriage and gender roles. Spending 6 weeks living in heat up to 120 degrees, teaching these girls was a great honor, and leaving them was most difficult. Dani keeps in touch with the girls, and is looking forward to her next visit to the village.

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Peggy Miller

EMT

Peggy has visited PPES several times, the most recent visit in March 2016. During that visit, she helped set up and organize the new medical center. Peggy and her colleague, Ray Whalen, also taught basic first aid to 10 teachers and 5 selected students, and to 15 women from the village self-help group. Peggy says she was very impressed at the progress the school has made since her previous visit in 2007 and was so inspired by the good work and excellent care being given at the new medical center. She feels that having this new medical resource on campus will improve the quality of life for the students and staff of PPES, and the local villagers, who will receive compassionate, timely and appropriate care.

Marcia Kelly RN

Pediatric Nurse Children’s Hospital Philadelphia PA

Marcia Kelley is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. During her visit in 2015, Marcia worked in the health center, witnessed the daily routine of the girls, how the staff addressed the complaints, and ongoing health concerns. The girls came in with cuts, rashes, headaches and colds. One student had cardiac problems, so she was sent to Delhi to be treated by a cardiologist. Her experience was rewarding and life changing, giving her the desire to continue to be involved with this program that has such a positive impact on the lives of young girls.

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Yexsy Alicea

Educator

Yexsy Alicea has over 17 years’ experience working in the field of public health care and HIV education and prevention. This primary focus has afforded him the opportunity to work with multiple community based organizations, improving the life of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Mr. Alicea currently is employed at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as the Health Educator, working with adolescents, undertaking Sexual Health Education and Risk reduction counseling, and helping our teens to make healthier sexual health decisions.
He also holds a position as a Community outreach officer in one of CHOP’s employee resource group and holds a seat at the Diversity Counsel, lead by the CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Mr. Alicea works with CHOP global health office to develop an education programs for the most impoverished community in the Dominican Republic. He has also done similar work in Caracas, Venezuela. Global Health is one of Mr. Alicea’s passions.
Prior to his current role at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Mr. Alicea created and implemented an HIV testing program in a small community base organization servicing the Latino community in the city of Philadelphia. Being the 1st of its kind, it became very successful, resulting in high rates of positivity in the City.

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Matthew Fanelli MD

Dermatology

Dr. Matthew Fanelli visited PPES in the spring of 2014, as a third year resident in Dermatology at Drexel University. Matthew worked at dermatology camps while at PPES, and was able to treat 175 villagers with skin issues. His experience was shared with fellow doctors upon his return to the US. Matthew is now married and practicing dermatology in Chicago, Ill.

OUR PURPOSE

Victoria Sheehan RN, MS

Nurse

Clinical Nurse Specialist

“Life changing” are the words Vicki uses the most when describing her involvement with PPES. She has visited the school several times and when she returns home to Maryland, looks forward to her

next trip back to Anupshahr. While at the school she assisted with Medical Clinics and has secured donations of medications, instructional health materials as well as

medical supplies to outfit the Health Center. She was also fortunate enough to work with fellow volunteer Craig Miller in helping to set up the Electronic Medical Records System

at the center. Her hope is that with the exposure to quality medical care at Prana, some of the girls will be interested in continuing their education in the pursuit of some type of

medical career.

As a Psychiatric Liaison Specialist, Vicki is particularly interested in the psychological well being of the PPES female staff, girls and women of the villages.

She now serves on the U.S. Advisory Board and is  a committee member for the planning of the Annual PPES Gala in Virginia, USA.

OUR TEAM

Madhu Gupta PT

Physical Therapist

 

Madhu first visited PPES in 2013, and returned in 2015. Madhu worked at the International Medical Relief medical camps, translating English for volunteers and seeing patients who were in need of physical therapy. Madhu was deeply impacted by her visits to the school, and moved by the stories girls shared with her. She feels fortunate to have so many life comforts and the ability to achieve what she has in life. Though Madhu is native to India, she has lived and worked in the US for many years. Her desire to give back in India allowed her to provide students counseling for higher education, as well as teachers. She loved her conversations with employees and villagers. Though she is currently living in the US, she looks forward to visiting the school on her trips to India.

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